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Space coast surf fishing tournament raises money for anglers for conservation

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Melbourne, FL – August 10, 2014 – It is that time of the year when surf fishing anglers get their rods and reels ready for the 3rd Annual Anglers of Conservation Surf Fishing Tournament being held from October 10th to October 19th. Tournament anglers will test their skills in Brevard County along the beaches of Florida’s Space Coast to win cash money for the longest fish in 11 different categories, shark, whiting, red fish, snook, blue fish, flounder, Spanish mackerel, black drum, pompano, sheepshead, and Jack Cervalle. There will also be three Calcutta winner take all for the longest shark, most spots on a red fish and longest combined length of a combination of the 11 different species in the tournament.

The tournament kick-off meeting will be held at Harry Goode's Outdoor Shop in Melbourne on October 10th at 6:00 P.M. with fishing starts at dawn on October 11th. Fishing ends at midnight on October 18th and the Award ceremony will be held on October 19 at Grills Melbourne Riverside. Entry fees are $40.00 for adults and $20.00 for youth anglers.

There will be two surf fishing workshops that are included in the registration fee. The first workshop is being held at Harry Goode’s Outdoor Shop in Melbourne, FL on September 10th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The second workshop is being held at Strike-Zone Fishing in Melbourne, FL on October 8th from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Proceeds from the tournament go towards the Anglers for Conservation (AFC) education fund that supports the effort to build a new generation of anglers using education, habitat restoration projects, and conservation tactics to protect the Indian and Banana Rivers and the Mosquito Lagoon for future generations. The AFC mission cannot be accomplished without the support of project and tournament sponsors. Today I would like to introduce four sponsors that are supporting the 3rd Annual Anglers of Conservation Surf Fishing Tournament.

Wild River Tackle Tek™ – This is the second year Wild River has been a sponsor. Launched in 2012, Wild River Tackle Tek™ is an outdoor adventure gear provider. The Wild River brand of outdoor gear has a variety of tackle bags and boxes, water proof jackets and pants, outdoor gloves of all kinds as well as an assortment of other outdoor accessories. This year at the 2014 ICAST they showcased their new line of Multi-Tackle Box Configurations which has six new bags: the Large and small backpacks, the open and closed top bags and the medium and small dual compartment tackle bags. Last year,at the 2013 ICAST, Wild River rolled out their new Nomad XPTM with a Led lighting system and an add-on solar panel to charge the onboard battery charger. Wild River has donated a few tackle box systems to be used in the raffle to raise money for ACF.

Sunsect – This is the first year Sunsect is a sponsor. Sunsect is a cross between a broad spectrum sunscreen and an insect repellent. The company has been selling their product to the U.S. Military. It is made in the USA. Sunsect has donated samples to be put in every angler’s bag and 4 oz. tubs that will be given away in the raffle.

Tailin’ Toads – This is the second year Manny Altman and her Tailin’ Toads fishing Apparel Company have been a sponsor. Manny hand picks an assortment of her sun protection apparel to be bundled up into a Tailin’ Toads gift basket. Her donation was a big hit in last year’s raffle.

FishPond – This is the first year FishPond is a sponsor. FishPond is company that deigns and manufacturers fishing packs and vests that are built from recycled material that includes commercial fishing nets that have been removed from the ocean and beaches. According to John Land Le Coq, founder and CEO, “The use of recycles material helps reduce greenhouse emissions and the amount of manmade material littering our oceans and clogging our landfills.” FishPond has donated one of their BLUE RIVER CHEST/LUMBAR PACK to be used in the raffle to raise money for ACF.

Without sponsors like these Anglers for Conservation would not be able to do what they do – protect the waters of the Indian and Banana Rivers and the Mosquito Lagoon.

I hope to see you at the anglers meeting. This is going to be a great tournament.

Until next time, be safe in the sun and have a great day in the great outdoors.